Waldorf Astoria Chicago
What We Love
- Rolling up to the hotel in the heated-cobblestone porte-cochere
- Steps from Chicago’s best boutiques; Marc Jacobs set up shop on the ground level
- Most guestrooms and suites have gas fireplaces
What To Know
- The hotel is formerly the Elysian; Waldorf Astoria took over the property in February 2012
- The hotel is hot wedding spot year-round
- Adults Only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
The stunning Lucien Lagrange-designed tower just off of Chicago’s tony Oak Street and the 188-room Elysian hotel within it upped Chicago’s luxury ante to dazzling new heights when it opened in 2009. The venerable Waldorf Astoria brand took over the property in February 2012 leaving the glam interiors as-is while adding the brand’s signature service. The hotel has Parisian predilections starting in grand porte-cochere, which is heated to ensure guests’ uninterrupted comfort when the city’s famous winters kick in and continuing in the lobby where the centerpiece is a sunburst chandelier that’s a replica of a Chanel brooch. Guestrooms are all platinum and champagne with glossy black pops and plenty of gold. Fireplaces, furnished terraces and Carrara marble bathrooms with massive tubs complete the package.
In the Area
The Waldorf’s location just off of Oak Street puts you a stone’s throw from Chicago’s best boutique shopping by the likes of Barneys New York, Hermès and Prada. You’re also within walking distance of the swank Michelin-starred Spiaggia with decadent Italian fare and stunning city views. Continue your neighborhood food tour with to-die-for pastries from Hendrickx Belgian Bread Crafter and sidewalk sipping at the Purple Pig whose theme is swine, wine and cheese. Just don’t be afraid to venture from the Gold Coast to head over to the West Loop’s Girl and the Goat. Top Chef Stephanie Izard’s menu of inventive small plates includes escargot ravioli with bacon and tamarind-miso sauce, and roasted beets with green beans, white anchovy and avocado crème fraîche.
How to Get There
First time in over 35 years traveling with family, we did get robbed in our room, food item stolen from our room fridge and who knows what else. Report this, had to almost beg for answers and at the end, we were made understood that the staff was 100% reliable and that perhaps we were making this up. Unbelievable !
Other minor incidents with housekeeping and hotel personnel.....sadly because its a nice property not run like it such be. Avoid headaches or stay at your own risk.
My daughters and I wanted a relaxing weekend getaway to be just pampered since they all had little ones at home and that is "exactly" what we received! Every request we made was granted; the personal service and concierge's recommendations were the best! Couldn't have asked for a better experience.
It warms my heart to write this type of review... The Concierge and In-Dining staff at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago went to great lengths to make sure that our thoughtful message and food gift to our Aunt and Uncle was delivered with the same warmth and consideration in which it was given. Charlie, Amanda and Emily were wonderful to work with and I highly recommend staying at the Waldorf Astoria Chicago, a place where attention to detail and thoughtful consideration is the norm. A huge thank you to Charlie, Amanda and Emily for making our Aunt and Uncle feel so special!